Iran’s Missiles Landing Within 100 Miles Of A U.S. Carrier Is Provocative But Not Much Else

War Zone – Iran sent ballistic missiles 1,000 miles out into the Indian Ocean, but it doesn’t mean they have a long-range anti-ship ballistic missile capability.

Iran Commissions Its Massive Oil Tanker Turned Sea Base Into Service

War Zone – Iran’s Navy has formally commissioned the Markran, a former oil tanker it says has been transformed into a “forward base ship.” This vessel could provide a platform for more persistent maritime operations in and outside of the country’s own littoral areas. 

Spate of Attacks on Ships In Middle East Points to Iran-Backed Group

USNI News – The Middle East remains a volatile area for merchant shipping into the new year, according to the analysis of attacks on ships in the region.

Oil Tanker In Red Sea Struck In Mine Attack With Similarities To Past Iranian Strikes

War Zone – The ship was damaged above the waterline, which might indicate the use of a limpet mine, which Iran and its proxies have used in past tanker attacks.

Iran plans to deliver new surveillance warship Shiraz to Iranian Navy

Navy Recognition –  Iran plans to deliver a new surveillance warship “Shiraz” to the Iranian Navy. This new vessel has special features and would join Iran’s Navy fleet next Iranian calendar year.

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Iran Unveils Its New Sea Base Warship That Looks Like A Floating Arms Bazaar

War Zone – Packing drones, boats, missiles, and a helicopter, it is Iran’s somewhat questionable take on American expeditionary sea bases.

Iran Inducts New Special Operations Ship

USNI News – Emblazoned with the pennant number “1” in on its superstructure, Shahid Roudaki joined the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) as its latest and most visible warship during a ceremony held in Bandar Abbas on the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday.

Iranian Spy Ship Commands Strategic Position on Vital Oil Route

USNI News – Officially Saviz is a merchant ship, but it is most likely a covert Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forward base. Several open-source reports over the last several years and officials with Saudi Arabia have accused the ship of being operated by the IRGC.

Iranian Forces Briefly Seize Tanker in Gulf of Oman

USNI News – An Iranian special forces team boarded and seized a Liberian tanker off the coast of the United Arab Emirates for about five hours on Wednesday. The action by Iranian forces drew swift condemnation from the U.S.-led collation created to deter harassment of merchant ships in and out of the Persian Gulf.

Amid tensions with US, Iran builds fake aircraft carrier to attack

Navy Times – As tensions remain high between Iran and the U.S., the Islamic Republic appears to have constructed a new mock-up of an aircraft carrier off its southern coast for potential live-fire drills.

US Navy issues new distance guidelines for vessels after close encounters with Iranian ships

Navy Times – The U.S. Navy warned Tuesday it will take “lawful defensive measures” against vessels in the Mideast that come within 100 meters (yards) of its warships, offering specific guidelines after a recent close encounter with Iranian vessels in the Persian Gulf.

Pentagon Leaders Say Trump Tweet on Iranian Attack Boats Was ‘Important Warning’

USNI News – The Navy’s existing policy for dealing with the small Iranian vessels prevalent in the Persian Gulf matches the sentiment of a Wednesday morning Tweet from President Donald Trump.

Iran views the pandemic as prime time for antics at sea — at its peril

The Hill – James Holmes writes that America’s coronavirus agony is Iran’s opportunity. Or at least the mullahs who rule the Islamic Republic may see it that way — rightly or wrongly.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard says it has higher-range anti-warship missiles

Defense News – Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard announced Monday that it has significantly upgraded the range of its anti-warship missiles.

US Navy accuses Iranian vessels of harassing warships in Gulf

BBC – The US Navy has accused Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) of “dangerous and provocative actions” in international waters in the Gulf.

‘Ulcer’ Strategy: How Iran Can Wage War Against America On the Cheap

National Interest – How Iran could channel an old British strategy against Napoleon to fight U.S. forces in the Middle East.

Here’s What We Know About The Missing Tanker Iran Now Says It Has Seized

War Zone – The Iranians initially said the ship had broken down and had asked for assistance, but now claim it was involved in smuggling fuel.

Gulf of Oman tanker attacks: US says video shows Iran removing mine

BBC – The US military has released a video which it says shows Iranian special forces removing an unexploded mine from the side of an oil tanker damaged in an attack in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday.

US refutes Iranian claim, says missiles put on small boats were for covert attacks

ABC – Following claims by Iran about why it deployed missiles in early May that led the U.S. to deploy an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the region, a U.S. defense official has provided ABC News with new details about the intelligence that drove the Trump administration’s strong response.